News / Margaret inducted into traditional music hall of fame

Margaret Robertson said she was surprised to learn that she had been inducted into the hall of fame. Photo: Chris Cope/Shetland News

MARGARET Robertson has become the latest Shetlander to be inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.

The fiddler and pianist is one of seven people to be honoured this year in the services to community section.

Organisers Hands Up For Trad said she is an “inspirational figure on the Shetland music scene as a fiddler, pianist, teacher and composer”.

Robertson said it was a “huge honour” to be recognised in the hall of fame.

The musician is the leading member of local fiddle collective Hjaltibonhoga, which has become a regular fixture of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

She grew up in Yell and took lessons from renowned fiddler Tom Anderson at the age of seven.

Robertson won the Shetland Young Fiddler of the Year competition when she was 15 before she started teaching fiddle.

She also taught her two sons Ross and Ryan Couper, who are now both established musicians.


Hands Up For Trad said the community section pays tribute to “individuals that maybe not be in the limelight however they teach music, organise classes, run clubs and festivals, publish music or magazines and generally make life better for people learning traditional music”.

Other previous local inductees into the hall of fame include Violet Tulloch, Peerie Willie Johnson and Aly Bain.

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